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Grants Writer

Justice Defenders

Justice Defenders

Marketing & Communications · Full-time
United States · Kenya · Uganda · The Gambia · United Kingdom
USD per year
Posted on Tuesday, November 22, 2022

Picture this: an overcrowded and under-resourced prison full of men, women, or even children who have not been found guilty. This is the case for three million people around the world currently affected by the excessive use of pre-trial detention.

In many countries, suspects are detained in prison almost automatically once they are arrested. Whatever the offence. Some, yes, are guilty. Many are poor and unjustly targeted. At Justice Defenders, we want to see justice served; it’s vital for all of us. What we don’t want to see is people filling our prisons simply because there was no one to equip them to fight for justice.

Justice Defenders is a registered UK charity and US nonprofit. Founded in 2007, we work across Africa, training incarcerated people and prison officers to become paralegals. Our 35 prison-based legal offices in Uganda, Kenya and The Gambia are run by more than 300 paralegals. By equipping justice defenders to facilitate a just legal process, we help ensure a fair hearing at the point of greatest need. As everyone deserves the right to tell their story.


Nearly half of our organisation’s revenue currently comes from the generosity of foundations and other granting institutions. We are seeking a Grants Writer responsible for conducting the full range of activities required to prepare, submit, and manage grant proposals and reports.

The Grants Writer serves as an essential member of the fundraising team by aligning the grant programme with the organisation’s overarching fundraising plan. This position assists the executive team in developing strong funding proposals, manages grant writing projects, monitors progress, develops reports, and stewards relationships with grant funders. Key performance indicators include revenue growth through grant acquisition and grant renewals. The successful candidate must embrace and embody the organisational values of bravery, humility and solidarity.

Are you an excellent writer? Can you carefully adapt your writing style to suit US and European audiences? Are you someone who enjoys building effective processes to serve us in the long run? We are looking for a professional who wants to play an important role in our fast-growing organisation. Come work with us at this incredibly exciting time for Justice Defenders.

  • Write letters of intent, grant proposals, applications, and other means of communication to grant makers.

The role will conduct the full range of activities required to prepare, submit, and manage grant proposals and reports by:

  • Cultivating new and existing grant donor relationships
  • Assisting programme team in identifying funding needs and developing proposal and evaluation tools
  • Working with executive and finance team to develop budgets for grant applications
  • Working with the Director of Growth and programme heads to gather information necessary to report to funders on current grant programmes.
  • Working with the Communications and Content Lead and the local Communications Officers to plan and gather compelling impact stories to support upcoming reports and proposals
  • Maintaining grant records, track due dates for applications and reports; serve as point person for grant compliance, assessing if programmes are meeting expectations and timelines of grant awards
  • Providing prompt responses to internal and external information inquiries of the organisation, via phone, email, or in person
  • Performing prospect research and evaluate prospects for corporate and foundation grants
  • Assisting with other fundraising projects as requested